Lorentz Ryan Hodges, Jr., 80 , of Warm Springs, passed away Monday, January 17, 2011 at the Bath Community Hospital.
He was born in Charleston, West Virginia on Good Friday 1930 to Mary Cabell Hodges and Lorentz Ryan Hodges, Sr. He became known as “Friday” since that day. His mother, Mary Cabell Hodges, was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Cabell of Charleston, WV. Friday was educated at McDonogh and Gilman Schools in Baltimore and graduated from Clark School in Hanover, NH. His education at the Georgia Institute of Technology was interrupted by two years of Naval Service as a medical corpsman at the Bethesda Naval Hospital. After completing his service commitment, Friday graduated from The Georgia Institute of Technology School of Architecture in 1956. Friday was married to Jean Claire Dowdy while at Georgia Tech. Friday had one child by that marriage, L. Ryan Hodges, III of Warm Springs, Virginia. Friday was later married to Susanne Fant of Greenville, SC. Susanne and Friday had two children, a daughter, Mary Elizabeth Hardjadinata, of Lewisburg, West Virginia, and a son, James Fant Hodges, of Charleston, South Carolina.
Friday practiced his profession as an architect in Atlanta, Georgia, Alexandria, Virginia and Greensboro, North Carolina, where he and Susanne lived for more than 25 years until her death in 2004. Friday continued to reside in Greensboro until early 2010 when he moved to Warm Springs, Virginia to be closer to two of his children.
Friday greatly valued his family and his roots in West Virginia that began with his grandfather’s founding of the Carbon Fuel Company. Friday was most at home at his Greenbrier River cabin near Lewisburg. While a young boy, Friday’s family spent lots of time visiting with his aunt and cousins in Eau Gallie, Florida. Friday always felt connected to Eau Gallie and the Indian River near that town.
Friday was loyal to those he loved and generous to a fault. He always had a twinkle in his eye and hoped to make the people he met each day laugh and leave with a smile. He was an enthusiastic supporter of Georgia Tech, classical music and opera.
He is survived by his two sons Ryan and his wife Mary Harding, James and his wife Heidi, his daughter Mary Elizabeth, and grandchildren; Mary Cabell Hodges, William H. Hodges, Ian Hardjadinata, Christina Hardjadinata, Savannah Sheridan Hodges and Paisley Susanne Hodges.
A funeral service will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Charleston, WV on Tuesday January 25th at 11 a.m. followed by internment at Mountain View Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alleghany Highlands Free Clinic, Box 216, Low Moor, Va. 24457 would be appreciated.